Acura’s second-generation RDX crossover introduced at Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 8, 2012

Acura has introduced the second-generation RDX crossover with a new transmission, engine and all-wheel-drive system at the Chicago Motor Show. Now, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine is replacing the turbocharged 2.3-liter from last year's RDX. The new engine delivers 273 hp, which is 33 hp more than the outgoing model.

Moreover, the RDX has a new six-speed automatic transmission, which has a new lockup torque converter. The new all-wheel-drive system weighs less than the old unit. Fuel economy in the front-drive variant is around 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city. On the other hand, the all-wheel-drive variants get slightly less, specifically at 27 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

Acura states that the RDX has the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered luxury SUV in its class. The 2013 RDX has a four-wheel independent suspension with a multilink setup at the back and MacPherson struts in front. It is a tick wider and longer compared to last year's model, with a lower center of gravity. The RDX gets Acura's Amplitude Reactive Dampers that adjust to the terrain and a new electric power-steering system, just like the new ILX sedan.

Acura made changes to the interior of the RDX. It now has more sound-deadening material, more passenger room, larger door openings, an available power tailgate and increased cargo space. New technologies added are a three-view rear camera, Pandora radio and a text-message feature. The Technology package even has more electronics.

Aside from the surround-sound audio, the RDX gets navigation with voice recognition, AcuraLink communications and weather and traffic information. The new navigation system utilizes a hard drive for map storage. It has an extra 15 gigabytes for music. The 2013 Acura RDX will be manufactured at the company's plant in East Liberty, Ohio. Pricing will be disclosed when the spring on-sale date is near.

Press Release

2013 Acura RDX

The 2013 Acura RDX, the second generation of Acura's five-passenger crossover SUV, will up the ante with a new approach to achieving both advanced performance and fuel efficiency via a new engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system.

The 2013 RDX rides on a 4-wheel independent suspension with a MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension design. A longer wheelbase, wider track and lower center of gravity provide the foundation for the new RDX's improved handling and ride quality. New chassis technology for 2013 includes Acura-exclusive Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering system that replaces the previous hydraulic steering. The 2013 RDX will be available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive variants.

Standard features for 2013 RDX include bold new 5-spoke 18-inch wheels and improved 4-wheel disc brakes that include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Not only do the brakes provide better performance, but they also incorporate improvements to lessen brake drag for reduced rolling resistance and improved fuel economy.

Replacing the turbocharged 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder used with the previous RDX, the 2013 RDX will now have as standard equipment a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower— 33 more than the outgoing model. For even higher performance and improved fuel economy, the RDX makes use of an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission with a new lock-up torque converter. The RDX also gets a new, lighter weight all-wheel-drive system that provides outstanding performance and safety with increased efficiency to achieve higher fuel economy.

With an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy rating of 20/28/23 mpg, front-wheel-drive versions of the 2013 RDX are expected to offer the best fuel economy of any gasoline-powered V-6 luxury SUV in the class. All-wheel-drive models have an EPA estimated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/27/22 mpg.

The RDX boasts a sleek and more aerodynamic body, evolving RDX from a sporty, compact SUV to a more formal SUV appearance with a longer, sculpted hood and styling that is more elegant and sophisticated to match the Acura philosophy of timeless, beautiful design.

Inside the 2013 RDX, new sweeping shapes, matte surface trim, and generous use of leather combine to give the RDX interior an upscale look and luxury feel that Acura customers have come to expect. Abundant use of sound deadening materials and Active Sound Control team to provide an exceptionally quiet cabin. Additional interior features, such as larger door openings, more passenger room, increased cargo volume and an available power rear tailgate make the RDX interior even more accommodating and flexible.

The 2013 RDX will receive a host of new technologies including Pandora® internet radio interface, SMS text message feature, a Keyless Access System with smart entry and pushbutton start, and a three view rear camera. An available Technology Package will provide a full complement of relevant technologies, including an Acura ELS Surround® audio system, AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps. New for 2013, an even more advanced navigation system utilizes a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity— including 15 gigabytes that can be allocated for music storage.

Passenger safety has always been a cornerstone of every Acura model. In addition to using Acura's acclaimed Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2013 RDX employs new design features and myriad high strength materials aimed specifically at occupant protection. Although yet to be tested, Acura anticipates that the RDX will achieve top crash safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS.

The 2013 RDX will be produced (using U.S. and globally sourced parts) exclusively by the company's East Liberty, Ohio plant— home to one of four Honda plants ranked among the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates' 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

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